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Professor Mark Tarrant

Professor Mark Tarrant

Associate Professor in Psychology Applied to Health

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College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I am a social psychologist with expertise in group processes. I received my PhD in 2000 from University of Leicester and joined the University of Exeter in 2011. My research examines how social group memberships impact health. I lead a programme of funded research focused on the development and evaluation of group-based behaviour change interventions for improving health. In 2020 I was awarded a £2.5m NIHR programme grant (joint-PI) to refine and conduct a definitive trial of a new group-based intervention (called 'PROGROUP') for managing severe obesity. 

Qualifications

PhD Psychology, University of Leicester, 2000

BA (hons) Applied Social Science, Coventry University, 1996

Career

The use of social groups to deliver behaviour change programmes for promoting health has grown exponentially in recent years but this development has rarely been informed by research relevant to the social psychological processes that inevitably come into play when (patient) groups are assembled. My research is focused on the design and evaluation of group-based health / behaviour change interventions that are informed by an understanding of processes, and specifically by the social identity approach to health. My current funded research (as PI or joint-PI) is focused in the areas of stroke rehabilitation and obesity: 

  1. The 'Community Groups for post-Stroke Support' (CoGS) project (http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/research/healthresearch/cogs/) is a mixed-methods evaluation of peer support groups for stroke survivors, funded by the Stroke Association (2019-2021). The project focuses on how group processes including social identification and social support may shape health outcomes of loneliness, social isolation and wellbeing amongst stroke survivors.
  2. The 'ImPROving GROUP treatment for people with severe obesity' (PROGROUP) project (https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/primarycare/obesity/progroup) is funded by NIHR PGfAR (2021-2026) and seeks to optimise and test a new group-based intervention for promoting health lifestyles amongst people with severe obesity.    

Other funded projects I collaborate on (co-I) include: the Healthy Parent Carers project (NIHR RfPB), which involves the development and evaluation of a group-based peer intervention for parent carers of disabled children: http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/healthyparentcarers/about/the-team/, the Nature on Prescription project (MRC PHIND), focused on group-based nature-on-prescription interventions for people with common mental health conditions: https://www.ecehh.org/research/nature-prescription/, and an Association for the Study of Medical Education-funded project examining social connectedness amongst medical students, with a particular focus on BAME students.  

 

Recently-completed projects

Stroke Association (PI). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): A pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing (2017-2019): https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/1/e040544 

MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (Co-I). Identifying and understanding mechanisms of action in group-based health behaviour change interventions (2016-2017): https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/14/202/03

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Research

Research interests

My research is focused on how group processes can be systematically managed within health intervention settings. In essence, my research concerns the manualisation of social identity and, through this, aims to develop effective group-based behaviour change interventions across a range of health conditions. 

 

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Research grants

  • 2020 NIHR Programme Grant
    Optimisation and evaluation of the PROGROUP behavioural intervention for managing severe obesity
  • 2017 The Stroke Association
    Singing for people with aphasia (SPA): A pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing
  • 2016 Medical Research Council
    Identifying and understanding mechanisms of action in group-based health behaviour change interventions
  • 2015 Drinkaware
    Mixed methods assessment of a new intervention for encouraging responsible alcohol behaviour in the night time economy: the "Club Host" intervention
  • 2015 Drinkaware
    Mixed methods assessment of a new intervention for encouraging responsible alcohol behaviour in the night time economy: the "Club Host" intervention.
  • 2015 Drinkaware
    Mixed methods assessment of a new intervention for encouraging responsible alcohol behaviour in the night time economy: the "Club Host" intervention.
  • 2013 Leverhulme Trust
    Using social identity to promote psychological well-being and reduce maladaptive eating amongst morbidly obese people
  • 2007 ESRC
    Effects of perspective taking on attitudes towards outgroups: The moderating role of social identification
  • 0 The Stroke Association
    £69,940 Evaluating the Stroke Association’s peer support programme

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Macmillan M, Tarrant M, Abraham C, Morris C (2014). The association between children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(6), 529-546. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Haggar MS, Farrow CV (2012). Promoting positive orientation towards health through social identity. In Jetten J, Haslam SA, Haslam C (Eds.) The social cure: Identity, health and well-being.
Tarrant M, Calitri R, Weston D (2012). Social identification structures the effects of perspective taking. Psychol Sci, 23(9), 973-978. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Branscombe NR, Warner RH, Weston D (2012). Social identity and perceptions of torture: its moral when we do it. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Tarrant M, Butler K (2011). Effects of self-categorization on orientation towards health. Br J Soc Psychol, 50(Pt 1), 121-139. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Hadert A (2010). Empathic Experience and Attitudes Toward Stigmatized Groups: Evidence for Attitude Generalization. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(7), 1635-1656. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Tarrant M, Smith JR, Ball S, Winlove C, Gul S, Charles N (In Press). Alcohol consumption among university students in the night-time economy in the UK: a three-wave longitudinal study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Tarrant M, Khan S, Farrow C, Shah P, Daly M, Kos K (In Press). Creating and nurturing social identities in the delivery of healthcare: Patient experiences of a group-based weight-management programme for people with morbid obesity. British Journal of Health Psychology
Watkins R, Goodwin V, Abbott R, Tarrant M (In Press). Eating well in care homes: Testing the feasibility of a staff training programme aimed at improving social interaction, choice, and independence at mealtimes. International Journal of Older People Nursing
Tarrant M, Kos K (In Press). Making Connections: Social identification with New Treatment Groups for Lifestyle Management of Severe Obesity. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Adarves-Yorno I, Mahdon M, Schueltke L, Koschate-Reis M, Tarrant M (In Press). Mindfulness and Social Identity: Predicting Wellbeing in a High Stress Environment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Adamson J, Landa P, Code C, Calitri RA, et al (In Press). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): a Protocol for a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a Group Singing Intervention to Improve Wellbeing. BMJ Open
Tarrant M, Haslam C, Haslam S (In Press). Social identification-building interventions to improve health:. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review
Milne-Ives M, Swancutt D, Burns L, Pinkney J, Tarrant M, Calitri R, Chatterjee A, Meinert E (In Press). The effectiveness and usability of online, group-based interventions for people with severe obesity: Systematic review protocol (Preprint).  Abstract.
Calitri R, Carter M, Code C, Lamont R, Dean S, Tarrant M (2021). Challenges of Recruiting Patients into Group-Based Stroke Rehabilitation Research: Reflections on Clinician Equipoise Within the Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA) Pilot Trial. Front Psychol, 12 Author URL.
Lloyd J, Bjornstad G, Borek A, Cuffe-Fuller B, Fredlund M, McDonald A, Tarrant M, Berry V, Wilkinson K, Mitchell S, et al (2021). Healthy Parent Carers programme: mixed methods process evaluation and refinement of a health promotion intervention. BMJ Open, 11(8). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bjornstad G, Cuffe-Fuller B, Ukoumunne OC, Fredlund M, McDonald A, Wilkinson K, Lloyd J, Hawton A, Berry V, Tarrant M, et al (2021). Healthy Parent Carers: feasibility randomised controlled trial of a peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 7
Tarrant M, Lamont RA, Carter M, Dean SG, Spicer S, Sanders A, Calitri R (2021). Measurement of Shared Social Identity in Singing Groups for People with Aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 Abstract.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Landa P, Adamson J, Code C, Backhouse A, et al (2021). Singing for people with aphasia (SPA): Results of a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Abstract.
Milne-Ives M, Swancutt D, Burns L, Pinkney J, Tarrant M, Calitri R, Chatterjee A, Meinert E (2021). The Effectiveness and Usability of Online, Group-Based Interventions for People with Severe Obesity: Protocol for a Systematic Review. JMIR Res Protoc, 10(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Khan SS, Tarrant M, Kos K, Daly M, Gimbuta C, Farrow CV (2020). Making connections: Social identification with new treatment groups for lifestyle management of severe obesity. Clin Psychol Psychother, 27(5), 686-696. Abstract.  Author URL.
Borek AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M, Garner N, Pascale M (2019). 'We're all in the same boat': a qualitative study on how groups work in a diabetes prevention and management programme. Br J Health Psychol, 24(4), 787-805. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dingle GA, Clift S, Finn S, Gilbert R, Groarke JM, Irons JY, Bartoli AJ, Lamont A, Launay J, Martin ES, et al (2019). An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being. Music and Science, 2 Abstract.
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Gillison F, Tarrant M, Morgan-Trimmer SA, McCabe R, Abraham SCS (2019). Developing and applying a framework to understand mechanisms of action in group-based, behaviour change interventions: the MAGI mixed-methods study. Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, 6(3), 1-162. Abstract.
Bjornstad G, Wilkinson K, Cuffe-Fuller B, Fitzpatrick K, Borek A, Ukoumunne OC, Hawton A, Tarrant M, Berry V, Lloyd J, et al (2019). Healthy Parent Carers peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children: protocol for a feasibility study using a parallel group randomised controlled trial design. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5(1). Abstract.
Swancutt D, Tarrant M, Pinkney J (2019). How Group-Based Interventions can Improve Services for People with Severe Obesity. Current Obesity Reports
Borek AJ, Abraham SCS, Greaves CJ, Gillison F, Tarrant M, Morgan-Trimmer SA, McCabe R, Smith JR (2019). Identifying change processes in group-based health behaviour-change interventions: development of the mechanisms of action in group-based interventions (MAGI) framework. Health Psychology Review Abstract.
Khan SS, Tarrant M, Weston D, Shah P, Farrow C (2018). Can Raising Awareness about the Psychological Causes of Obesity Reduce Obesity Stigma?. Health Communication, 33(5), 585-592. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Code C, Carter N, Carter M, Calitri R (2018). Development and progression of group cohesiveness in a singing programme for people with post stroke aphasia: an evaluation study using video analysis. Aphasiology, 32(sup1), 222-223.
Borek AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2018). Group-Based Diet and Physical Activity Weight-Loss Interventions: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Appl Psychol Health Well Being, 10(1), 62-86. Abstract.  Author URL.
Watkins R, Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Backhouse A, Moore D, Tarrant M (2017). Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. Geriatr Nurs, 38(4), 325-333. Abstract.  Author URL.
Watkins R, Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Hall A, Tarrant M (2017). Exploring residents' experiences of mealtimes in care homes: a qualitative interview study. BMC Geriatr, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Tarrant M (2017). Interventions utilising contact with people with disabilities to improve children's attitudes towards disability: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Disabil Health J, 10(1), 11-22. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Khan SS, Farrow CV, Shah P, Daly M, Kos K (2017). Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: a qualitative interview study. Br J Health Psychol, 22(1), 77-93. Abstract.  Author URL.
Warmoth KM, Tarrant M, Abraham, Lang (2017). Relationship between perceptions of ageing and frailty in English older adults. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 23(4), 465-474.
Warmoth K, Lang IA, Phoenix C, Abraham C, Andrew MK, Hubbard RE, Tarrant M (2016). 'Thinking you're old and frail': a qualitative study of frailty in older adults. Ageing and Society, 36(7), 1483-1500. Abstract.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Ukoumunne OC, Tarrant M (2016). Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study. Disabil Rehabil, 38(9), 879-888. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Warmoth K, Code C, Dean S, Goodwin V, Stein, Sugavanam T (2016). Creating psychological connections between intervention recipients: Development and focus group evaluation of a group singing session for people with aphasia. BMJ Open, 6, e009652-e009652. Abstract.
Warmoth K, Tarrant M, Abraham C, Lang IA (2016). Older adults' perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies. Psychol Health Med, 21(5), 531-550. Abstract.  Author URL.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Tarrant M, Abraham, Horton M (2016). Rasch analysis of the Chedoke–McMaster Attitudes towards Children with Handicaps scale. Disability and Rehabilitation
Borek AJ, Abraham C, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2015). A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions Biostatistics and methods. BMC Public Health, 15(1). Abstract.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Ukoumunne OC, Tarrant M (2015). Children’s contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study. Disability and Rehabilitation
Tarrant M, Khan SS, Qin Q (2015). Effects of norm referent salience on young people's dietary orientation. Appetite, 85, 160-164. Abstract.  Author URL.
Macmillan M, Tarrant M, Abraham C, Morris C (2014). The association between children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(6), 529-546. Abstract.
Macmillan M, Abraham C, Morris C, Tarrant M (2013). Determinants of children's attitudes towards disabled people. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 28, 257-257. Author URL.
Owuamalam CK, Tarrant M, Farrow CV, Zagefka H (2013). The Effect of Metastereotyping on Judgements of Higher-Status Outgroups When Reciprocity and Social Image Improvement Motives Collide. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE-REVUE CANADIENNE DES SCIENCES DU COMPORTEMENT, 45(1), 12-23. Author URL.
Tarrant M, Calitri R, Weston D (2012). Social identification structures the effects of perspective taking. Psychol Sci, 23(9), 973-978. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Branscombe NR, Warner RH, Weston D (2012). Social identity and perceptions of torture: its moral when we do it. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Tarrant M, Butler K (2011). Effects of self-categorization on orientation towards health. Br J Soc Psychol, 50(Pt 1), 121-139. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Hadert A (2010). Empathic Experience and Attitudes Toward Stigmatized Groups: Evidence for Attitude Generalization. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(7), 1635-1656. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Dazeley S, Cottom T (2009). Social categorization and empathy for outgroup members. Br J Soc Psychol, 48(Pt 3), 427-446. Abstract.  Author URL.
Farrow CV, Tarrant M (2009). Weight-based discrimination, body dissatisfaction and emotional eating: the role of perceived social consensus. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24(9), 1021-1034. Author URL.
Hagger MS, Aşçi FH, Lindwall M, Hein V, Mülazimoǧlu-Balli O, Tarrant M, Ruiz YP, Sell V (2007). Cross-cultural validity and measurement invariance of the social physique anxiety scale in five European nations. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 17(6), 703-719. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Campbell E (2007). Responses to within-group criticism: Does past adherence to group norms matter?. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(6), 1187-1202. Abstract.
Bakagiannis S, Tarrant M (2006). Can music bring people together? Effects of shared musical preference on intergroup bias in adolescence. Scand J Psychol, 47(2), 129-136. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, MacKenzie L, Hewitt LA (2006). Friendship group identification, multidimensional self-concept, and experience of developmental tasks in adolescence. J Adolesc, 29(4), 627-640. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Jordan N (2006). Social identity and young people's attitudes towards health. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 21, 151-151. Author URL.
Tarrant M (2005). Normative status effects in responses to within-group communication. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57, 100-100. Author URL.
Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2004). Adolescents' intergroup attributions: a comparison of two social identities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33(3), 177-185. Abstract.
Tarrant M, North AC (2004). Explanations for positive and negative behavior: the intergroup attribution bias in achieved groups. Current Psychology, 23(2), 161-172. Abstract.
North AC, Tarrant M, Hargreaves DJ (2004). The effects of music on helping behavior: a field study. Environment and Behavior, 36(2), 266-275. Abstract.
Lamont A, Hargreaves DJ, Marshall NA, Tarrant M (2003). Young people's music in and out of school. British Journal of Music Education, 20(3), 229-241.
Tarrant M (2002). Adolescent peer groups and social identity. Social Development, 11(1), 110-123. Abstract.
Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2001). Social categorization, self-esteem, and the estimated musical preferences of male adolescents. J Soc Psychol, 141(5), 565-581. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, North AC, Edridge MD, Kirk LE, Smith EA, Turner RE (2001). Social identity in adolescence. J Adolesc, 24(5), 597-609. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2000). English and American adolescents' reasons for listening to music. Psychology of Music, 28(2), 166-173. Abstract.

Chapters

Tarrant M, Haslam C, Carter M, Calitri R, Haslam SA (2020). Social Identity Interventions. In  (Ed) The Handbook of Behavior Change, 649-660.
Tarrant M, Smith J, Louis W (2017). University students’ social identity and health behaviour. In Mavor K, Platow M, Bizumic B (Eds.) Self, Social Identity and Education, London: Routledge.
Tarrant M, Farrow C, Khan S (2017). Using social identity to promote health: the impact of group memberships on health in the context of obesity. In Buckingham S, Frings D, Albery IP (Eds.) Addiction, Behavioural Change and Social Identity, Routledge.
Smith JR, Louis WR, Tarrant M (2016). University students’ social identity and health behaviours. In Mavor KI, Platow M, Bizumic B (Eds.) The self, social identity, and education, Psychology Press.
Denford S, Abraham C, Smith J, Lloyd J, White M, Tarrant M, Wyatt K, Greaves C, Dean S (2015). Designing and evaluating behavior change interventions to promote health. In Reynolds KJ, Branscombe NR (Eds.) The Psychology of Change: Life Contexts, Experiences, and Identities, New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis, 151-169.
Abraham C, Denford S, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Tarrant M, White M, Wyatt K (2015). Designing interventions to change health-related behaviour. In Richards D, Hallberg IR (Eds.) Complex Interventions in Health: an overview of research methods, Routledge, 103-110.
Hargreaves DJ, North AC, Tarrant M (2015). How and why do musical preferences change in childhood and adolescence?. In  (Ed) The Child as Musician, 303-322.
Hargreaves DJ, North AC, Tarrant M (2012). Musical Preference and Taste in Childhood and Adolescence. In  (Ed) The Child as Musician: a Handbook of Musical Development.  Abstract.
Tarrant M, Haggar MS, Farrow CV (2012). Promoting positive orientation towards health through social identity. In Jetten J, Haslam SA, Haslam C (Eds.) The social cure: Identity, health and well-being.

Conferences

Tarrant M, Carter M, Adamson J, Warren F, Taylor R, Spencer A, Landa P, Code C, Dean S, Calitri R, et al (2018). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing.  Author URL.
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Tarrant M, McCabe R (2017). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP-BASED INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: a FRAMEWORK OF CHANGE PROCESSES IN GROUP-BASED HEALTH INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2016). CHANGE PROCESSES AND EFFECTIVENESS IN GROUP-BASED WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M, Smith JR (2016). HOW DO DIABETES PREVENTION GROUPS GENERATE INDIVIDUAL CHANGE?.  Author URL.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Warmoth K, Dean S, Stein K, Code C, Goodwin V, Sugavanam T (2015). Singing for people with aphasia: a template for a new group intervention.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham S, Smith JR, Tarrant M, Greaves C (2014). Reporting of group-based behavioural interventions: a checklist and tool for assessing the quality of descriptions (oral presentation). European Health Psychology Society Conference.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). Group-based weight-loss programmes: a systematic review.  Author URL.
Warmoth K, Tarrant M, Lang I, Abraham C (2013). THINKING YOU'RE OLD AND FRAIL: a QUALITATIVE STUDY OF OLDER ADULTS' BELIEFS REGARDING FRAILTY.  Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). The role of group processes in facilitating change in group-based health interventions.  Author URL.
Warmoth KM, Lang IA, Phoenix C, Abraham C, Andrew MK, Hubbard RE, Tarrant M (2013). Thinking you’re old and frail: a qualitative study of older adults’ beliefs regarding frailty. the 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society.  Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Tarrant M, Smith JR, Ball S, Winlove C, Gul S, Charles N (In Press). Alcohol consumption among university students in the night-time economy in the UK: a three-wave longitudinal study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Tarrant M, Khan S, Farrow C, Shah P, Daly M, Kos K (In Press). Creating and nurturing social identities in the delivery of healthcare: Patient experiences of a group-based weight-management programme for people with morbid obesity. British Journal of Health Psychology
Watkins R, Goodwin V, Abbott R, Tarrant M (In Press). Eating well in care homes: Testing the feasibility of a staff training programme aimed at improving social interaction, choice, and independence at mealtimes. International Journal of Older People Nursing
Tarrant M, Kos K (In Press). Making Connections: Social identification with New Treatment Groups for Lifestyle Management of Severe Obesity. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Adarves-Yorno I, Mahdon M, Schueltke L, Koschate-Reis M, Tarrant M (In Press). Mindfulness and Social Identity: Predicting Wellbeing in a High Stress Environment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Adamson J, Landa P, Code C, Calitri RA, et al (In Press). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): a Protocol for a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a Group Singing Intervention to Improve Wellbeing. BMJ Open
Tarrant M, Haslam C, Haslam S (In Press). Social identification-building interventions to improve health:. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review
Milne-Ives M, Swancutt D, Burns L, Pinkney J, Tarrant M, Calitri R, Chatterjee A, Meinert E (In Press). The effectiveness and usability of online, group-based interventions for people with severe obesity: Systematic review protocol (Preprint).  Abstract.

2021

Calitri R, Carter M, Code C, Lamont R, Dean S, Tarrant M (2021). Challenges of Recruiting Patients into Group-Based Stroke Rehabilitation Research: Reflections on Clinician Equipoise Within the Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA) Pilot Trial. Front Psychol, 12 Author URL.
Lloyd J, Bjornstad G, Borek A, Cuffe-Fuller B, Fredlund M, McDonald A, Tarrant M, Berry V, Wilkinson K, Mitchell S, et al (2021). Healthy Parent Carers programme: mixed methods process evaluation and refinement of a health promotion intervention. BMJ Open, 11(8). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bjornstad G, Cuffe-Fuller B, Ukoumunne OC, Fredlund M, McDonald A, Wilkinson K, Lloyd J, Hawton A, Berry V, Tarrant M, et al (2021). Healthy Parent Carers: feasibility randomised controlled trial of a peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 7
Tarrant M, Lamont RA, Carter M, Dean SG, Spicer S, Sanders A, Calitri R (2021). Measurement of Shared Social Identity in Singing Groups for People with Aphasia. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 Abstract.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Landa P, Adamson J, Code C, Backhouse A, et al (2021). Singing for people with aphasia (SPA): Results of a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Abstract.
Milne-Ives M, Swancutt D, Burns L, Pinkney J, Tarrant M, Calitri R, Chatterjee A, Meinert E (2021). The Effectiveness and Usability of Online, Group-Based Interventions for People with Severe Obesity: Protocol for a Systematic Review. JMIR Res Protoc, 10(6). Abstract.  Author URL.

2020

Khan SS, Tarrant M, Kos K, Daly M, Gimbuta C, Farrow CV (2020). Making connections: Social identification with new treatment groups for lifestyle management of severe obesity. Clin Psychol Psychother, 27(5), 686-696. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Haslam C, Carter M, Calitri R, Haslam SA (2020). Social Identity Interventions. In  (Ed) The Handbook of Behavior Change, 649-660.

2019

Borek AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M, Garner N, Pascale M (2019). 'We're all in the same boat': a qualitative study on how groups work in a diabetes prevention and management programme. Br J Health Psychol, 24(4), 787-805. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dingle GA, Clift S, Finn S, Gilbert R, Groarke JM, Irons JY, Bartoli AJ, Lamont A, Launay J, Martin ES, et al (2019). An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being. Music and Science, 2 Abstract.
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Gillison F, Tarrant M, Morgan-Trimmer SA, McCabe R, Abraham SCS (2019). Developing and applying a framework to understand mechanisms of action in group-based, behaviour change interventions: the MAGI mixed-methods study. Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, 6(3), 1-162. Abstract.
Bjornstad G, Wilkinson K, Cuffe-Fuller B, Fitzpatrick K, Borek A, Ukoumunne OC, Hawton A, Tarrant M, Berry V, Lloyd J, et al (2019). Healthy Parent Carers peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children: protocol for a feasibility study using a parallel group randomised controlled trial design. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5(1). Abstract.
Swancutt D, Tarrant M, Pinkney J (2019). How Group-Based Interventions can Improve Services for People with Severe Obesity. Current Obesity Reports
Borek AJ, Abraham SCS, Greaves CJ, Gillison F, Tarrant M, Morgan-Trimmer SA, McCabe R, Smith JR (2019). Identifying change processes in group-based health behaviour-change interventions: development of the mechanisms of action in group-based interventions (MAGI) framework. Health Psychology Review Abstract.

2018

Khan SS, Tarrant M, Weston D, Shah P, Farrow C (2018). Can Raising Awareness about the Psychological Causes of Obesity Reduce Obesity Stigma?. Health Communication, 33(5), 585-592. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Code C, Carter N, Carter M, Calitri R (2018). Development and progression of group cohesiveness in a singing programme for people with post stroke aphasia: an evaluation study using video analysis. Aphasiology, 32(sup1), 222-223.
Borek AJ, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2018). Group-Based Diet and Physical Activity Weight-Loss Interventions: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. Appl Psychol Health Well Being, 10(1), 62-86. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Adamson J, Warren F, Taylor R, Spencer A, Landa P, Code C, Dean S, Calitri R, et al (2018). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing.  Author URL.

2017

Watkins R, Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Backhouse A, Moore D, Tarrant M (2017). Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. Geriatr Nurs, 38(4), 325-333. Abstract.  Author URL.
Watkins R, Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Hall A, Tarrant M (2017). Exploring residents' experiences of mealtimes in care homes: a qualitative interview study. BMC Geriatr, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Tarrant M (2017). Interventions utilising contact with people with disabilities to improve children's attitudes towards disability: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Disabil Health J, 10(1), 11-22. Abstract.  Author URL.
Borek AJ, Smith JR, Abraham C, Greaves CJ, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Tarrant M, McCabe R (2017). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP-BASED INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: a FRAMEWORK OF CHANGE PROCESSES IN GROUP-BASED HEALTH INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Khan SS, Farrow CV, Shah P, Daly M, Kos K (2017). Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: a qualitative interview study. Br J Health Psychol, 22(1), 77-93. Abstract.  Author URL.
Warmoth KM, Tarrant M, Abraham, Lang (2017). Relationship between perceptions of ageing and frailty in English older adults. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 23(4), 465-474.
Tarrant M, Smith J, Louis W (2017). University students’ social identity and health behaviour. In Mavor K, Platow M, Bizumic B (Eds.) Self, Social Identity and Education, London: Routledge.
Tarrant M, Farrow C, Khan S (2017). Using social identity to promote health: the impact of group memberships on health in the context of obesity. In Buckingham S, Frings D, Albery IP (Eds.) Addiction, Behavioural Change and Social Identity, Routledge.

2016

Warmoth K, Lang IA, Phoenix C, Abraham C, Andrew MK, Hubbard RE, Tarrant M (2016). 'Thinking you're old and frail': a qualitative study of frailty in older adults. Ageing and Society, 36(7), 1483-1500. Abstract.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2016). CHANGE PROCESSES AND EFFECTIVENESS IN GROUP-BASED WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTIONS.  Author URL.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Ukoumunne OC, Tarrant M (2016). Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study. Disabil Rehabil, 38(9), 879-888. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Warmoth K, Code C, Dean S, Goodwin V, Stein, Sugavanam T (2016). Creating psychological connections between intervention recipients: Development and focus group evaluation of a group singing session for people with aphasia. BMJ Open, 6, e009652-e009652. Abstract.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M, Smith JR (2016). HOW DO DIABETES PREVENTION GROUPS GENERATE INDIVIDUAL CHANGE?.  Author URL.
Smith JR, Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Morgan-Trimmer S, Gillison F, Jones M, Keable J, Tarrant M, McCabe R, et al (2016). MECHANISMS OF ACTION IN GROUP INTERVENTIONS (MAGI) STUDY: INITIAL FINDINGS AND a CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.  Author URL.
Warmoth K, Tarrant M, Abraham C, Lang IA (2016). Older adults' perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies. Psychol Health Med, 21(5), 531-550. Abstract.  Author URL.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Tarrant M, Abraham, Horton M (2016). Rasch analysis of the Chedoke–McMaster Attitudes towards Children with Handicaps scale. Disability and Rehabilitation
Smith JR, Louis WR, Tarrant M (2016). University students’ social identity and health behaviours. In Mavor KI, Platow M, Bizumic B (Eds.) The self, social identity, and education, Psychology Press.

2015

Borek AJ, Abraham C, Smith JR, Greaves CJ, Tarrant M (2015). A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions Biostatistics and methods. BMC Public Health, 15(1). Abstract.
Armstrong M, Morris C, Abraham C, Ukoumunne OC, Tarrant M (2015). Children’s contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study. Disability and Rehabilitation
Denford S, Abraham C, Smith J, Lloyd J, White M, Tarrant M, Wyatt K, Greaves C, Dean S (2015). Designing and evaluating behavior change interventions to promote health. In Reynolds KJ, Branscombe NR (Eds.) The Psychology of Change: Life Contexts, Experiences, and Identities, New York: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis, 151-169.
Abraham C, Denford S, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Tarrant M, White M, Wyatt K (2015). Designing interventions to change health-related behaviour. In Richards D, Hallberg IR (Eds.) Complex Interventions in Health: an overview of research methods, Routledge, 103-110.
Tarrant M, Khan SS, Qin Q (2015). Effects of norm referent salience on young people's dietary orientation. Appetite, 85, 160-164. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hargreaves DJ, North AC, Tarrant M (2015). How and why do musical preferences change in childhood and adolescence?. In  (Ed) The Child as Musician, 303-322.
Tarrant M, Warmoth K, Dean S, Stein K, Code C, Goodwin V, Sugavanam T (2015). Singing for people with aphasia: a template for a new group intervention.  Author URL.

2014

Borek A, Abraham S, Smith JR, Tarrant M, Greaves C (2014). Reporting of group-based behavioural interventions: a checklist and tool for assessing the quality of descriptions (oral presentation). European Health Psychology Society Conference.
Macmillan M, Tarrant M, Abraham C, Morris C (2014). The association between children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 56(6), 529-546. Abstract.

2013

Macmillan M, Abraham C, Morris C, Tarrant M (2013). Determinants of children's attitudes towards disabled people. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 28, 257-257. Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). Group-based weight-loss programmes: a systematic review.  Author URL.
Warmoth K, Tarrant M, Lang I, Abraham C (2013). THINKING YOU'RE OLD AND FRAIL: a QUALITATIVE STUDY OF OLDER ADULTS' BELIEFS REGARDING FRAILTY.  Author URL.
Owuamalam CK, Tarrant M, Farrow CV, Zagefka H (2013). The Effect of Metastereotyping on Judgements of Higher-Status Outgroups When Reciprocity and Social Image Improvement Motives Collide. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE-REVUE CANADIENNE DES SCIENCES DU COMPORTEMENT, 45(1), 12-23. Author URL.
Borek A, Abraham C, Greaves C, Tarrant M (2013). The role of group processes in facilitating change in group-based health interventions.  Author URL.
Warmoth KM, Lang IA, Phoenix C, Abraham C, Andrew MK, Hubbard RE, Tarrant M (2013). Thinking you’re old and frail: a qualitative study of older adults’ beliefs regarding frailty. the 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society.  Abstract.

2012

Hargreaves DJ, North AC, Tarrant M (2012). Musical Preference and Taste in Childhood and Adolescence. In  (Ed) The Child as Musician: a Handbook of Musical Development.  Abstract.
Tarrant M, Haggar MS, Farrow CV (2012). Promoting positive orientation towards health through social identity. In Jetten J, Haslam SA, Haslam C (Eds.) The social cure: Identity, health and well-being.
Tarrant M, Calitri R, Weston D (2012). Social identification structures the effects of perspective taking. Psychol Sci, 23(9), 973-978. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Branscombe NR, Warner RH, Weston D (2012). Social identity and perceptions of torture: its moral when we do it. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

2011

Tarrant M, Butler K (2011). Effects of self-categorization on orientation towards health. Br J Soc Psychol, 50(Pt 1), 121-139. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Tarrant M, Hadert A (2010). Empathic Experience and Attitudes Toward Stigmatized Groups: Evidence for Attitude Generalization. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(7), 1635-1656. Abstract.

2009

Tarrant M, Dazeley S, Cottom T (2009). Social categorization and empathy for outgroup members. Br J Soc Psychol, 48(Pt 3), 427-446. Abstract.  Author URL.
Farrow CV, Tarrant M (2009). Weight-based discrimination, body dissatisfaction and emotional eating: the role of perceived social consensus. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24(9), 1021-1034. Author URL.

2007

Hagger MS, Aşçi FH, Lindwall M, Hein V, Mülazimoǧlu-Balli O, Tarrant M, Ruiz YP, Sell V (2007). Cross-cultural validity and measurement invariance of the social physique anxiety scale in five European nations. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 17(6), 703-719. Abstract.
Tarrant M, Campbell E (2007). Responses to within-group criticism: Does past adherence to group norms matter?. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(6), 1187-1202. Abstract.

2006

Bakagiannis S, Tarrant M (2006). Can music bring people together? Effects of shared musical preference on intergroup bias in adolescence. Scand J Psychol, 47(2), 129-136. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, MacKenzie L, Hewitt LA (2006). Friendship group identification, multidimensional self-concept, and experience of developmental tasks in adolescence. J Adolesc, 29(4), 627-640. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, Jordan N (2006). Social identity and young people's attitudes towards health. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 21, 151-151. Author URL.

2005

Tarrant M (2005). Normative status effects in responses to within-group communication. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57, 100-100. Author URL.

2004

Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2004). Adolescents' intergroup attributions: a comparison of two social identities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 33(3), 177-185. Abstract.
Tarrant M, North AC (2004). Explanations for positive and negative behavior: the intergroup attribution bias in achieved groups. Current Psychology, 23(2), 161-172. Abstract.
North AC, Tarrant M, Hargreaves DJ (2004). The effects of music on helping behavior: a field study. Environment and Behavior, 36(2), 266-275. Abstract.

2003

Lamont A, Hargreaves DJ, Marshall NA, Tarrant M (2003). Young people's music in and out of school. British Journal of Music Education, 20(3), 229-241.

2002

Tarrant M (2002). Adolescent peer groups and social identity. Social Development, 11(1), 110-123. Abstract.

2001

Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2001). Social categorization, self-esteem, and the estimated musical preferences of male adolescents. J Soc Psychol, 141(5), 565-581. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tarrant M, North AC, Edridge MD, Kirk LE, Smith EA, Turner RE (2001). Social identity in adolescence. J Adolesc, 24(5), 597-609. Abstract.  Author URL.

2000

Tarrant M, North AC, Hargreaves DJ (2000). English and American adolescents' reasons for listening to music. Psychology of Music, 28(2), 166-173. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

External Examiner Positions

External Examiner positions:

University of Durham, Department of Psychology, Behavioural Science BSc/MSc (2020-)

Keele University Medical School, Medicine MBChB (2020-)

Strathclyde University, School of Psychological Sciences, Psychology BA

 

Editorial Duties

Deputy Editor, Behaviour Change (2021-)

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2012-2021)

 

Supervision / Group

Research Fellows

  • Ruth Lamont

Postgraduate researchers

  • Megan Armstrong Awarded 2015
  • Alex Burns
  • Laura Hollands
  • Krystal Warmoth Awarded 2015
  • Ross Watkins Awarded 2018

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